Is it just a coincidence that the Southern Baptist website was blocked at many military installations around the nation a few weeks after a military representative labeled Roman Catholics and Evangelical Christians as extremists, according to recent articles in the Christian Post and on Fox News?
Representatives of several Christian organizations said they were insulted by being lumped in with terrorist groups such as Hamas and Al-Qaeda on the military’s list of dangerous cults.
The military today came out with a disclaimer saying it was merely a malware misfunction which caused the Southern Baptist website to be blocked and that it was certainly unintentional. They promised to unblock the website.
The revelation of the Army’s bias against Christians was first publicized by Fox News when it ran an article about a U.S. Army training instructor who listed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism as examples of religious extremism along with Al Qaeda and Hamas during a briefing with an Army Reserve Unit based in Pennsylvania.
“We find this offensive to have Evangelical Christians and the Catholic Church to be listed among known terrorist groups,” said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “It is dishonorable for any U.S. Military entity to allow this type of wrongheaded characterization.”
The incident happened as part of an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on extremism. Included on the list is Evangelical Christianity, Catholicism, Al Qaeda, Hamas, the Ku Klux Klan, Sunni Muslims and Nation of Islam.
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va) told Fox News there has been a “steady attack on faith and religious freedom like we’ve never seen before.”
Forbes has been monitoring for the last four years of discrimination against Christians in the military. He further said soldiers have told him repeatedly they were afraid of going to church or praying for fear it would hurt their chances in today’s military of being promoted.
There have been no allegations of Evangelical Christians or Catholics crashing planes into the Twin Towers or the Pentagon. Maybe somebody needs to tell whoever’s running the military these days that salient fact.
Hopefully today’s America is not going to persecute Christians like the Nazi regime did in Germany. For a good description of that tragic time read Eric Metaxas’ book entitled “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.”
John Stonestreet has also recently warned on his Breakpoint radio broadcasts of the growing persecution of Christians in today’s world.
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